Kaskaskia College hosts ribbon cutting ceremony of the Alice Hudders Art Gallery at Vandalia Campus

May 3, 2024

Attendees at the ribbon cutting of the Alice Hudders Art Gallery

Vandalia, Ill. - Kaskaskia College proudly hosted the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony of the Alice Hudders Art Gallery at its Vandalia campus on April 30th, 2024, continuing the college's commitment to fostering creativity and cultural enrichment in the community.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included remarks from KC President George Evans, KC Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Hawley, Dale Timmerman, and Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman. Their remarks underscored the importance of art in education, the legacy of Alice Hudders, and the new opportunities for the gallery with the local community.

"We are thrilled to unveil the Alice Hudders Art Gallery, a space that will inspire creativity and serve as a hub for artistic expression," said KC President George Evans. "This gallery represents our dedication to providing students and community members with opportunities to engage with the arts and explore their creative potential."

Alice Hudders spent most of her professional career in Washington, D.C., where she owned and operated the first graphic design business owned by a woman in that area. After her retirement in 1990, she split her time living between D.C. and Vandalia. She was a talented musician and a passionate supporter of the arts, plus generous in donating her time and talents throughout the Vandalia area.

The gallery's first exhibition featured artwork by several talented local artists. Light refreshments were served during the event, providing attendees with an opportunity to mingle and celebrate the opening of this new creative space.

For those interested in displaying their work or learning about upcoming exhibits, Dillon Whitten, Gallery Coordinator, welcomes inquiries and can be reached at dwhitten1@kaskaskia.edu.

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